Rottet Studio Restores Historic La Colombe d’Or Mansion in Houston, Texas
The original La Colombe d’Or is a 1923 private residence that was converted into a boutique hotel in 1979. It encompassed 4,000 square feet across two floors, offering a bar, a restaurant, and five guest suites. Then, the restaurant was “the chi-chi place to go for late-night dining,” Lauren Rottet remarks. The tradition continues, thanks to Rottet Studio.
Guests can start an evening with cocktails in the newly expanded Bar No. 3, made glamorous with its carved-wood entry archway painted dark green, wall covering patterned with a 1920s Russian design, a vintage back bar sourced in the South of France, and luminescent back-painted glass for the bar itself. The details even extend to Baccarat whiskey glasses, etched with the hotel’s dove logo. Dining follows in what’s now called Tonight + Tomorrow, a serene gray-green setting. One long black glass-and-brass table for communal dining and cane chairs are overlooked by an elaborately carved ceiling, discovered after the paint covering it up was removed and restored.
Progression from the public to private quarters proceeds via an elaborate oak stairway. Newly refreshed, it encourages lingering, since the surrounding walls are a treasure trove of art, among which works by Helen Frankenthaler, Jorge Pardo, and Christian Rosa stand out. Senior associate Amber Lewis took charge of the guest accommodations. Most challenging she says was the Renoir suite, labeled the boy’s room in the hotel’s original plans. “That was due to its red-clay floor tile in what had been a sleeping porch.” She retained them, and even made them modern, with such chic additions as a solar system-esque pendant fixture by Andrew Neyer and a canopy bed in hammered stainless steel.
Project Team: Paradigm: Architect of Record.
Product Sources: GAR Products: Chairs (Restaurant). ISA International: Stools (Bar). Tom Dixon: Chandelier. Charter Furniture: Chairs. Visual Comfort: Lamps. Bernhardt Hospitality: Ottoman (Bar), Bed, Tables, Bench (Suite). F. Schumacher & Co.: Bench Fabric (Suite). Stuff: Pendant Fixture. Throughout: Sherwin-Williams Company: Paint.